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Address: Panamericana, Cayambe 170202, Ecuador
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Otavalo Tour with Quito Tour Bus
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Otavalo Tour full day

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Learn about the importance of the sun on the actual equator

We skipped Mital del Mundo and went to the real equator. The onsite animator gave a great explanation of the importance of this place and how the sun lines up with important... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
Ottawa ON
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Ottawa ON
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We skipped Mital del Mundo and went to the real equator. The onsite animator gave a great explanation of the importance of this place and how the sun lines up with important geographical features of the area.

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Jama, Ecuador
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Take the less-traveled route from Quito to Otavalo and visit the Quitsato Middle-of-the World site. The scientific presentation makes one ponder where we are; which direction is north, which is south, and question, "Why is 'north' at the top of a map- globe?" Informal Quitsato makes one think while gazing across the timeless landscape near Hacienda Guachala and Cayambe.

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Arlington, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 July 2016

Our Nat'l Geographic Tour Guide Henry Sisa took us on a historical tour of the Quitsato Sundial. What an eerie experience to be walking on the Northern/Southern perimeter of the earth and fascinated to find out that we were near the closest point to our star system! I was stunned to discover that the ancient Inca Culture was far advanced... More 

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San Dimas, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 July 2016

This quick stop was very interesting, describing the astronomic knowledge of preColumbian people of the region. I too purchased some of the literature to review with the students at my elementary school.

Thank ATorres439
Province of Valencia, Spain
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 May 2016 via mobile

I really enjoyed the 20 minutes talk at Quitsato. As a high school science teacher from Australia, of 15 years, I teach these concepts to my students every year and I just great to do a bit of PD overseas and a refresher in my understanding about the workings of the Earth's movement, seasons and totally fascinating in regard to... More 

Thank Louisa Helene S
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 March 2016 via mobile

On our way to Pappallacta, our guide made an unexpected stop here. We were thrilled when we pulled in and we were the only ones there! We had a very knowledgable representative take us through their views on how the world is oriented - which is quite different than how we all think about it. Two in our group were... More 

Thank SweetPea
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 March 2016 via mobile

From the many 5 star reviews, people have enjoyed this place when they were on a large tour, but we had a personal driver taking us from Quito to Otavalo and asked her to stop here. It was around 4:30 so it was near the end of the day, there were few people, and we only waited about 10 minutes... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 February 2016

Quisato is often included on day-trips to Otavalo or elsewhere north of Quito. It's small, non-touristy and organized by 5 scientists on a mission to tell the "real" story about the equator and both its physical and historical significance. A small donation is requested (under $5 as I recall). You probably wouldn't want to make a special trip out here,... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 January 2016

Our tour heading north stopped here. The presentation felt very defensive. The guide talked about how the map of the earth should not have north on top and south on the bottom. He was explaining that Ecuador is not on the bottom in reality. He showed us an alternative layout, which put Asia and New Zealand on top. When a... More 

Thank Turtleliving
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2016

I made the mistake of visiting the tourist stop Mitad del Mundo on my own and then my travel group leader said that we were stopping here on our last day. I can't say enough how fun and fascinating this was. I adore science and this was perfect. The young woman from the University that gave us the "tour" very... More 

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